Archive: May 29, 2022


These people love their mutts!

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up next weekend, I chose to ask several dog lovers what they love about their mixed-breed dogs.

I asked them to fill in the blank:

“I love my mutt because …”

Their answers are below.

Of course, I hope the rest of you will also share what you love about your mutts (or purebred dogs too!) in the comments.

Sarah Edison and Max the terrific Pyrenees mix

“I love my mutt because he loves me unconditionally, always greets me at the door and always there for a good cuddle or wrestling session.”

Morgan Shepard (right) & Huckleberry the Rottie mix

“I love my mutt because he’s got the best happy-go-lucky demeanor. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when he’s around.”

Maxwell Ivey and penny the greyhound/Dalmatian mix

“I love penny because she knows just when to interrupt me so I don’t work too hard. She is a very insistent doggie.”

Andreas & Victoria Johansson and Tucker the yorkie mix

“I love my mutt because he is tenacious, cuddly and full of unconditional love, all at the same time. He got the best parts of the terrier and the poodle personalities, making him playful and energetic, but also making him seek out cuddles and kisses, and snug laps to fall asleep in.” – Victoria

Janine Popick and Dwight the poodle/terrier mix

“We love our mutt because wherever we are he wants to be touching one of us, and he let us give him a fancy mohawk!”

Toni Sicola and Dexter the pitbull/boxer mix

“I love my mutt because I can say without exaggeration that she does literally every stereotypically cute thing a canine could do, including putting her head on your take on on command. She’s the canine I’ve always wanted — we call her a ‘little big dog’ because she’s only about 53 pounds, but she has a big canine personality and nice, soft short, fur that doesn’t shed much.”

Casey Reiter and Fozzy the hound/shepherd mix

“I love my mutt because he is so sweet! Coming home to see his pleased face is always the best part of my day.”

Robin Kelman and Cooper the bulldog/pug mix

“What I love many about my both my mutts is that they love me much more than anyone in our household and their unconditional love.” (Robin also has a pug named Logan.)

Randy (pictured) & Nicole Vonderheide and Bonz the pitbull mix

“I love my canine Bonz because despite the awful abuse he suffered before we adopted him, his count on is unconditional and the depth of his love is unfathomable. He is the implying of love.” – Nicole

How about the rest of you? What do you love about your dogs?

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How to train two dogs – individually or together? #GreenBarkGummies

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Tips for keeping both dogs challenged as well as happy

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Dog training is something I enjoy.

It’s not a “chore.” I look ahead to it.

Luckily, I have two extremely excited dogs at house who like training just as much as I do. They like the interest as well as the treats, as well as they seem to feel satisfied when they discover something new.

But having two dogs to train can be difficult, particularly when they’re at two extremely different levels of obedience training. One has 8 years of experience – hours as well as hours with me as well as many classes. The other discovered “sit” as well as “down” last week. ?

Training two dogs at the exact same time

When we very first got our foster dog Lana (left) two weeks ago, I was believing my dog Ace (right) might be a excellent instructor for her.

[quote_right]they can only train together if we’re working on simple stuff.[/quote_right]What I quickly discovered is they can only train together if we’re working on simple stuff like “sit” or “stay” for about 30 seconds, like they’re doing above.

That’s all Lana can handle without some kind of correction, like me moving towards her as well as stating “uh-uh.”

Even a simple “correction” like that is stressful for Ace. He feels like he has done something wrong if Lana has done something “wrong.”

So, if I’m training them together I have to be truly fun and up-beat, as well as I keep it simple for both dogs. Otherwise, Lana gets as well distracted as well as my old guy gets stressed.

We’ve been training with treats from eco-friendly Bark Gummies, as well as you can see both dogs are extremely focused on these treats!

Training two dogs utilizing one dog as a distraction

Another choice is to put one dog in a down/stay on a mat while you work with the other dog.

Of course, this only works if you have a dog with a great deal of experience, like Ace.

I can put him in a stay on his blanket, as well as he will stay there while I work with Lana.

This is not difficult for Ace since he’s been around so many dogs, as well as he’s utilized to being the “demo dog” at obedience classes. If he’s told to stay, he quite much always does, particularly in our own living room.

While I’m working with Lana (look at that stupid grin on her face! Such focus!), I make sure to decrease eco-friendly Bark Gummies treats to Ace every 30 seconds or so to reward him. I tear the treats in half or I utilize the “small bites” size so they both get great deals of little pieces.

This technique truly works well for them, however of program there’s no method Lana would stay on a blanket while I work with Ace. That would be method as well difficult for her.

Which leads me to …

Training two dogs by rotating

This is the technique that works finest for Ace as well as Lana since their skill levels are so different as well as they get jealous of each other.

It’s just easier to separate them as well as work with each for about five minutes at a time. They both do a great deal much better this way, as well as I can tell they like to have my full attention. They just illuminate when we’re working individually! (Honestly, it’s most likely since I’m happier too!)

When I work with Lana, I just put Ace in my bedroom where he sulks. ?

When I train Ace, I put Lana in her kennel with something to chew on. This is one more area where eco-friendly Bark Gummies are available in handy. I utilize the large-bite treats to stuff into her puzzle-type toys as well as she’s entertained. I’m grateful for that!

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To enter, just leave a comment that specifies why your dog might utilize some extra training treats.

I’ll select the winners at random on Thursday Feb. 26. must have a U.S. mailing address to win. If you won last time, you can still enter! I would just motivate you to think about having the treats sent to a good friend as a surprise gift!

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How do you train two dogs? Or is training your one dog difficult enough?!

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Weekly question: What are you teaching your canine now?

I am always working on something with my dog. each day he does something and I think, I wish he wouldn’t do that! but it’s simpler to say “I wish my canine would do that” than it is to say “I am teaching my canine to do this.”

What are you teaching your canine best now?

I’m teaching mine to walk on a loose leash without any kind of training collar. certainly this will take a lot of work, but he is 2 years old now, and I think walking my canine without depending on a prong collar or gentle Leader is a sensible goal. maybe by the time he is 4 we will have it down!

I also want to start conditioning him to stay on his canine bed when someone concerns the door. but I have to admit, I haven’t started working on this yet.

And third, I will always be working on the never-ending goal of teaching Ace self control around a tennis ball.

Ace and his buddy, Radar, are imagined above showing off their staying skills.

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Distinguished Dogs – 10 seniors

I have such a soft spot for senior dogs, especially as my own dog is starting to show more gray in his face.

When I’m finally ready to adopt my next dog, there’s a good chance it will be an older dog. There’s just something about that sweet, gray face – like my former foster dog Dora the lack lab in the first photo.

I know many of you have some special senior dogs, although some of them may not act like they’re seniors! Send your “Distinguished Dog” photos to to see them featured in the next Distinguished Dogs post.

1 – Dora


3 – Bandit – photo by Alan Wesley

4 – Mandi5 – Chi mix for adoption with the county of San Diego

6 – Drake

7 – For adoption with the county of San Diego



10 – Ace

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Dog walking difficulty – day 16 #ActiveMutts

exactly how is it choosing walking your canine every day?

This 21-day difficulty (details here) has truly assisted me stay with walking my canine every day, even on those days where I get hectic or exhausted as well as just don’t want to do it.

Going for a walk is the highlight of my dog’s day. He provides me so much as well as is so client with me – I owe him a everyday walk.

Many of you have certainly had to offer with the weather during this challenge. There have certainly been some days around the country where it’s just not risk-free to be out walking. Not so for me right here in sunny San Diego.

And, although I haven’t been extremely great at getting photos of my canine on these walks, I’ve really taken much more than typical since of this challenge.

I’ve likewise truly delighted in seeing the pics the rest of you have posted.

I’m believing about starting another “challenge” next month to keep motivating people to be active with their mutts as well as sharing photos of their adventures. I would share a collection of these pictures on the blog each week.  What do you think? would you be interested?

I shared some pics last week, however right here are a few much more from the last week or so:

I like seeing the pictures of you men out as well as about in different locations with your dogs.

How you can win some treats from Bravo

There’s one week to go in our challenge! On Sunday I’ll be doing a drawing to provide away a bag of Crunchy Delights canine treats from Bravo, which the business is providing.

To go into the drawing, just dedicate to joining us on the staying 6 days of the canine walking difficulty (more details here). You just have to walk your canine everyday as well as dedicate to working on a particular training goal during each walk.

Then, do one of the following:


Post a picture of your active mutt to That Mutt’s Facebook page

Email a picture of your active mutt to me at

Post about the difficulty on Twitter utilizing #activemutts

Leave a comment on any type of of the difficulty messages such as this one


*Must have a U.S. mailing address to win the treats. Update: Congrats, Teresa!

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It is a household had business found in Connecticut, as well as its products are made with the highest-quality meats, poultry as well as fish, according to its web site.

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How is the canine walking as well as training difficulty going for you?


10 best reasons to adopt an adult canine

There is a lot of information out there about adding a new puppy to your family. There is not as much info about reasons to adopt an adult dog.

This post is about adopting an adult canine and suggestions for adding that second canine to your home.

Adopting an adult canine brings extra challenges, especially when you already have other pets. It can be simpler OR much more challenging than adding a puppy, depending on numerous factors.

IN THIS post (click below to jump ahead):

10 reasons to adopt an adult dog
Tips for introducing your second canine to your current dog

Our current weim, Remy

Adopting a second weimaraner

I originally wrote this post because we had planned to adopt a second weimaraner. We tried to adopt Remy’s 2-year-old sister.

However, we chose not to adopt this particular canine because of her intense prey drive around my cat. So yes, there are challenges to adopting an adult canine in addition to the benefits I review next.

Now, here are my 10 reasons to adopt an adult canine in general vs. getting a puppy. Next, I’ll share several ideas for adding a second canine to your home.

10 reasons to adopt an adult dog

There are also benefits to purchasing or adopting a puppy, of course. They are somewhat of a “clean slate” there for you to mold (for better or worse).

But there are also some real benefits of getting an adult dog.

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1. You can start exercising an adult canine best away.

For me, this is one of the top reasons to adopt an adult dog! While I do take little puppies for walks best away, I don’t start running with puppies until they are at least 6 months old. and even then it is a slow, short “jaunt” for a few months. I give them time for their joints to develop.

See my post: how far can I walk my puppy?

With a mature adult, you can ease into a running routine best away. building up gradually, of course, depending on what the canine is used to.

I recommend you try a couple of 2-3 mile runs to see how your new canine does and then slowly build up the miles. even if the canine is active, she might not be used to running on a leash.

2. adult dogs are fully vaccinated (usually).

Puppies typically need additional booster shots, and until then you have to be somewhat mindful of where you take them and who they socialize with.

Adult dogs, on the other hand, have likely had their shots or you can have them done best away. You shouldn’t have to worry about your adult canine picking up diseases like parvo or distemper.

See my post: Can you walk a puppy before it has its shots?

3. They have the attention span for training.

Adult dogs can focus for much more than 30 seconds! Haha.

4. size and personality are clear.

You know what you’re getting into. Although, it can take up to a month or so for an adult dog’s true personality to shine in their new home. The first few days, they might be overly thrilled and stressed or a bit shut down or scared.

If the canine lived in a foster home or with their previous owner before concerning you, they ought to be able to tell you a lot about the dog’s personality, behavior, energy and “quirks.”

For example, I knew that Raven (the canine we had hoped to adopt) would chew up blankets and she loved the water and playing fetch. I also knew that she had an easygoing personality and had done well with other large dogs, both males and females.

5. many adult dogs are already potty trained.

Not the case with Raven, as she has lived as an outdoor dog. However, I think it will be simpler to potty train her compared to a puppy. because she is an adult, she can hold it longer and won’t have to go every 30 minutes. and she already has the practice of going potty outside because that’s what she’s used to doing.

See: how to potty train an adult dog

6. might have had some basic obedience training.

One of the reasons to adopt an adult canine is some dogs have had at least some basic training such as “sit” or “come.”

They may also be crate trained or potty trained and they likely have experience walking on a leash. They’ve likely had some life experiences like riding in a automobile and going to the vet so not everything is brand new to them.

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7. adult dogs are past the chewing, biting and teething stage.

Young adult dogs might still want to chew on shoes and furniture, etc. However, they ought to be past the crazy teething stage as well asthe puppy mouthing/biting stage.

You’ll still need to supervise your adult canine and help them learn the rules, but they won’t be quite as crazy as a 12-week-old puppy!

8. The canine might already be spayed or neutered.

This could be a pro or a con, depending on your situation. but for many of us in the united states anyway, it’s a positive thing if the canine is already spayed or neutered.

That way you don’t have to worry about marking (as much), surgery cost, recovery time or females going into heat.

There are also pros if the canine has not been spayed or neutered yet. For example, many research says it’s best to wait to have a canine (male or female) spayed or neutered until they are fully developed.

See my posts:

Pros and cons of spaying and neutering.
Do shelters neuter puppies too young? (yes!)

9. You could save a dog’s life.

One of the best reasons to adopt an adult canine is you might be saving a dog’s life. You’re also opening up a place at the shelter or rescue group for another canine in need.

10. adult dogs have less energy than puppies!

One of the best reasons to adopt an adult canine and save yourself some sanity!

Cons to adopting an adult dog

While this post is focused on the reasons to adopt an adult dog, I do want to mention a few of the “cons.” In some ways, getting a puppy is easier. Here’s what I mean:

Bad practices may already be developed. Behaviors such as barking, digging, counter surfing, pulling on the leash.
Adult dogs may be nervous of things they haven’t been exposed to such as automobile rides, bikers, new people, children or other dogs
You don’t get to experience that cute puppy stage! (OK with me! haha!)
The canine may not have been correctly socialized to other dogs, cats, children, men, etc. (In our case, we did not adopt Raven after all due to her major aggression around cats. No fault of her own, it’s just what it is.)

OK, now I’m going to share some suggestions on introducing your adult canine to your home if you already have pets.

10 suggestions for adding a second canine to your home

These are the 10 things I do whenever we add a new canine to our house. I’ve fostered a lot of dogs, implying we temporarily offer a shelter canine a home while he waits to get adopted.

These safety precautions have always helped when we have a new canine around our own dog.

I also followed these suggestions when I tried to adopt a second canine last winter. sadly she did not do well with our cat, but following these suggestions helped me learn much more about her while keeping all of the animals safe.

1. adjust our routine before we bring home the new dog.

My current canine Remy and cat Scout are sensitive to change. So I moved the crates where I wanted them ahead of time. I adjusted the feeding and walk routines too. This make the adjustment of having a new canine simpler for all of us.

2. head out for a long, long walk with both dogs.

I’m sure this won’t surprise any of you. I took my canine Remy and potential new canine Raven on a long walk together practically right away as their introduction to each other. (One of the reasons to adopt an adult canine – you can opt for long walks best away!)

A long walk helped Raven get to know her surroundings and get familiar with us. and visa versa.

It’s not a good idea to allow any nose-to-nose sniffing best away. Instead, head out for a “pack walk.”

Ideally, one adult or older child handles one canine and someone else walks the second dog. start out with some space between the dogs and keep moving forward. If all goes well, allow the dogs to sniff each other after a few minutes.

Raven on her walk

A walk helps a canine decompress from the tension of travel or shelter life and will burn some energy!

Read about how to introduce two dogs here.

3. continued daily exercise.

I offered structured walks and runs every single day for both dogs. exercise is my top “training” tip! I was lucky I was able to deal with both dogs together on my own practically best away. That may not be the case for you. walking the dogs together helps them bond as a “pack” and saves some time. However, it’s not always possible to walk two dogs together.

Here are some much more suggestions for slowly introducing dogs that will live together.

4. Crates and gates – much more crates than dogs.

I’m a substantial advocate for crate training and because Raven was already used to sleeping in a wire crate, that helped us tremendously. I received two extra crates from Carlson Pet products so we had a total of three wire crates for two dogs!

I know not everyone has the space orthe money for extra crates, but I set up two crates downstairs for at night or when I was not able to supervise.

The third crate was upstairs in our kitchen/living room area where we spend the most time if we’re not working.

That way I had a place to put one canine when I needed to separate them or give them breaks from each other. but the crate allowed them to still be near us.

5. avoid fights between dogs.

The dogs had separate feeding areas, in their crates.

We did not have numerous toys out. I believe toys make weimaraners extra nutty and I don’t encourage thrilled playing in the house. They each received their own items to chew on like Kongs and bully sticks, but they were separated at first to avoid fights.

Dogs can fight over practically anything of value – the water dish, a canine bed, the area around a person, a doorway – so supervise closely.

Expect a few minor fights to happen. but you can avoid many issues.

6. Feed your new canine in her crate or behind a gate.

Some dogs might be too stressed to eat best away in their new environment.

After a walk with Raven on her first day with us, I briefly showed her around the house. then I introduced her to her spot in her crate.

I gave her some food there and a Kong with peanut butter as well as some easy bedding – a sheet and a towel. then I let her have some quiet time to decompress for at least 45 minutes.

Remy went in his crate, too. We use fold-up wire crates from our sponsor Carlson Pet Products. I set up the two crates in the same room because both dogs seemed to like that.

I believe calm downtime is essential for everyone the first few days to reduce tension and excitement. For the people and for the cat in the house, too!

7. consistent routine.

I do better with a routine and so does every animal I’ve ever lived with.

We get up around the same time every day, the animals are fed at the same times, we head out for our walks around the same times every day.

The dogs learn to work out in midday when I do my many essential work. I offer them with daily exercise, training and things to chew. In return, I expect them to allow me time to work uninterrupted. Crates and Kongs help with this if needed!

Two derps

I’m lucky I can work from home or from my office which is only two blocks away. I worked mostly from home when Raven was adjusting to our routine.

Yet, I also wanted to leave for short periods best away so she could get used to that as well. I did have a Nest video camera set up so I could check in on how she was doing in her crate when I was not home.

8. begin basic obedience training.

For some dogs, it is a lot to simply work on reinforcing their name, the new routine and potty training.

Raven had not had much for leash training or obedience and nothing for house rules. So we dealt with the basics, which was a lot for her to take in.

I didn’t work on much much more than “sit,” “down” and “stay.” even walking on a leash in a neighborhood was new to her. We took things slowly.

9. use training collars for safety on walks.

You ought to have some sort of training collar or harness ready to make walking your new canine as easy as possible.

Perhaps a martingale collar, a no-pull harness would work well for your dog. gentle Leaders also work for some dogs, but I don’t recommend one for the first walk.

Gentle Leaders fit over the dog’s muzzle, and they’re hard for dogs to get used to. You want your first walk to be fun and tension free.

SAFETY TIP: Be extra careful that your gear fits your new canine correctly as the last thing you want is for her to slip out and bolt in her new surroundings.

For example, prong collars can break a part, dogs can slip out of or back out of collars that fit too loose and some dogs can twist out of harnesses.

You may want to have your leash clipped to both a harness and a collar for safety. place the gear a little tighter than you typically would and make sure your dogs have ID ta


Get Your dog to decrease Socks as well as other products

Today I’m going to share how to get your dog to decrease socks or other items. 

My puppy Remy likes to take socks as well as run off with them for attention. I’m working on “drop” with Remy every day in short sessions to ideally make the command automatic. If not, I may have the worst “bird dog” ever!

Thankfully, he doesn’t ended up being possessive of the socks. He wishes to bring them as well as tease me however will let me open his mouth as well as take them back.

The one time Remy ended up being possessive:

We had one “incident” where Remy took a shower loofah, as well as when I went to grab it he ended up being possessive.

He clamped down on that loofah like his life depended on it. He ignored “drop” as well as prying his mouth open was out of the question. I was worried he would swallow the loofah or bite. Thankfully, he didn’t do either.

He lastly did decrease it when I went to get some food as well as my other half tried to take the loofah with a more lively approach. (I believe my tension triggered the possessiveness initially.)

We haven’t had an problem since, however I’ve made a point to work on “drop” everyday with treats since the last thing I want is a possessive dog.

How to get your dog to decrease socks as well as other items:

1. choose some extremely valued treats.

Find something your dog is willing to work for! These are small, soft treats you can quickly tear in half. They are available in duck or poultry & fish flavors as well as my dogs seem to discover them truly motivating.

2. plan multiple, short training sessions each day.

Ask your dog to decrease different lower-valued toys in exchange for a treat. Hold the treat to his nose as well as state “drop” in a happy voice. When he drops the item, provide him a treat, take the product as well as then provide the item back.

Repeat 3 or 4 times, as well as then stop while you’re ahead.

As your dog gets the idea, you can work on getting him to decrease higher-valued products like bully sticks or rawhides. right now, we’ve been working a great deal with the Kong.

3. If your dog likes to play fetch or tug:

Ask your dog to “drop” when playing fetch. Hold the treat right as much as his nose. When he drops, provide him the treat. then throw the toy. Repeat 3 or 4 times. end with providing him a few treats as well as putting the toy away. If your dog won’t decrease the toy, try different kinds of treats or perhaps begin out with a lower-valued toy.
Ask your dog to “drop” when playing tug of war. Hold the treat right as much as his nose. When he drops, provide him the treat. then continue playing. Repeat 3 or 4 times. end with providing him a few treats as well as putting the toy away.

These above tips likewise are available in handy if you have a dog with a sphere obsession.

4. Be conscious of your energy as well as exactly how it impacts your dog.

My puppy responds much better to a happy, positive tone where “drop” is a fun game. sometimes tension or aggression from the human can create possessive aggression in dogs.

I’m not stating this will be an problem for all dogs, but I do notice my puppy is more successful if I keep the circumstance fun as well as light.

5. keep little products chosen up.

Obviously, to get your dog to decrease socks as well as other items, it’s finest if you can prevent your dog from stealing products in the very first place! pick up laundry or close bedroom doors, utilize infant gates, etc. try to view the space from your puppy’s point of view as well as put away products he may discover tempting.

6. Randomly surprise your puppy.

When he’s randomly playing with a toy by himself, just tell him “drop” as well as then hold a treat to his nose. then let him go back to playing. He won’t believe his luck!

7. Randomly decrease socks or other items.

Walk by your dog as well as decrease a sock or some other product he likes to take however be prepared to guide his nose away with a treat. tell him what a great boy he is, provide one more treat, then put the product away. Repeat a few times.

You can utilize the “leave it” command right here if you’d like. block your dog from taking the item, state “leave it” as well as reward with a treat.

Other tips:

It’s generally finest to keep dog toys chosen up. Bring them out a few each time so you manage the toys, as well as rotate which ones you use. On the other hand, you may want to keep a toy or two out to keep your dog thinking about toys vs. other products like socks or shoes. It’s about discovering the right balance.
Carry a few treats in your pockets. That method you’re always prepared for a quick training session when chances happen in “real life.” He picks up a sock? You state decrease as well as you have your treats ready.
Sometimes it’s worth it to reward the dog by letting him keep the original item. Even if it’s disgusting! For example, Remy chosen up an orange peel off the walkway however dropped it when I asked. I rewarded him by letting him have the orange peel! He ate it. No huge deal.

In emergencies, sound the doorbell. If your dog has something potentially dangerous as well as you can’t get him to decrease it, try ringing the doorbell. This will likely get your dog’s interest as well as he may decrease whatever he has. likewise try opening the dog treat cupboard. Peanut butter on a spoon is one more great bribe.

My listing is not perfect!

What would you modification or add?

Related posts:

Does your dog truly understand Leave It?

How to stop a dog from guarding his owner


Cats as Christmas presents

Why Christmas is the ideal time to adopt a cat

The holidays are the ideal time for numerous people to adopt a cat, assuming they plan ahead and know what they’re getting into. Here’s why:

1. What better gift than to give a cat the gift of life?

Aren’t the holidays about giving? A few million cats are still killed yearly in U.S. shelters due to a “lack of homes.” If you adopt a cat, you are saving a life. I can’t think of a much more meaningful way to celebrate the holidays.

2. It doesn’t have to be a “surprise gift.”

Certain rescue volunteers tend to freak out over the idea of animals as gifts. Of course, there are always going to be situations where people give family members cats without thinking it through. but not all gifts have to be surprises, and even if they are it can still work out. A pal gave me a 12-week-old kitten as a surprise, and I still have Scout 8 years later. He’s awesome, and everything worked out perfectly in our case.

But not all gifts have to involve putting a bow on the kitten and placing him under the tree as a surprise. The gift could be planned in advancement so on Christmas Eve the family goes to the shelter to choose a cat after thinking it through for weeks. Or maybe the gift involves one family member paying the adoption fee of a cat for another family member.

We ought to give pet owners much more credit.

3. You create long lasting memories for your family.

This just might be that one Christmas your kids will always remember because it will be the year mother got them a cat. Shit, I’m 30 years old and if someone got me a cat this year it would certainly be my favorite Christmas so far. ?

4. Some shelters offer holiday adoption discounts.

You can many likely find a cat for totally free or at a discounted rate through a holiday adoption event. we all like to save a little money when we can. and if you’d like, you could still make a donation to the shelter on the day you adopt your cat or on a future date. You’ll also be saving money because the cat will already be vaccinated and spayed or neutered if age appropriate. It may also be microchipped.

5. The kids are home from school, and you might be home from work.

If you have children, they’ll be home from school to help out with the cat as far as feeding the cat, scooping the litter box and teaching the cat the new guidelines of your home. You may also appreciate help introducing the cat to your other animals.

While cats will typically adapt to the new house on their own, it’s still good to at least have one day off from work to observe and supervise the cat. Plus, being able to spend much more time with the cat initially will help the two of you bond. and who doesn’t want to stay home and play with a new cat or kitten?

Have you ever adopted a cat over the holidays?


Loose-leash walking: Days 11-15

From the automobile to the canine park is a challenging area for many dogs to walk on a loose leash.

Ace (not pictured) and I went to the 45th street canine park in Fargo today to practice some on and off-leash heeling. There were no other dogs at the park, so it was a ideal time for Ace and I to practice.

Like many dogs, Ace is typically in an thrilled mode before we even get out of the automobile at the canine park.

I always make sure he is unwinded before I let him jump out. That implies he sits and waits until I say “OK.” He never lunges out of the automobile anymore. but when he used to, I put him best back in and had him jump out on my terms.

The mutt did very well walking from the automobile to the gate. I had his choke collar on, but it wasn’t really necessary. I took his leash off and we practiced off-leash heeling for the next 20 minutes or so. I made sure to walk randomly, turning into him and away from him and to walk over tennis balls.

The canine park is a terrific place for Ace and I to work because there are tennis balls everywhere.

He gets a double challenge because he is expected to leave the tennis balls alone and heel. One thing I’ve discovered about Ace’s tennis ball obsession is that when we are in a working mode, he leaves them alone. When we’re not working, he easily becomes fixated on anything.

As far as loose-leash walking goes, Ace is doing very well. The only thing that distracted him today was the trash scattered everywhere.

Apparently paper, plastic bottles and other pieces of garbage are full of tempting smells. It took a lot of focus from Ace to leave the garbage alone.

Really, the only time the mutt ignores me if he chooses he has to go to the restroom and he can’t wait. I think I’ve unintentionally trained him that he can stop and go to the restroom whenever he wants as long as it’s in the grass. but it is really bothersome sometimes.

The only way I know how to fix this is to make sure I give him time to go on my terms so it won’t be an issue for him to make his own “pit stops.” By the way, when a canine is on Prednisone, he has to pee about every hour! poor Ace.

Although our walk was a half-hour at many today, Ace came home and crashed a lot harder than when we opt for a longer walk in our own neighborhood. That just shows how essential mental challenges are for dogs.


Where would I be without this dog?

happy Thanksgiving!

I really am thankful for this beautiful mutt. I mean, he does look and act like a dufus most of the time, but he does have a wise, calming side to him too. Although I would’ve been happy with any dog, I am glad I chose him.

Ace has lead me to so many others who are just as dog crazy as me. through him, I’ve built stronger relationships with friends, family and neighbors just by connecting over our dogs. I’ve met people through obedience classes, dog park visits and agility who I never would’ve talked to otherwise.

I’ve made friends with people all over the world just by sharing pictures and stories of Ace and by eagerly listening to their ups and downs with dogs. I’ve learned that no matter where we live, the act of walking our dogs through a quiet park is one of the most basic and treasured parts of our lives.

I always look for excuses to escape into nature, and Ace gives me a reason to every day. Driving out of my way to get to a certain park or spending a whole afternoon or weekend hiking is easier for me to justify when I know Ace loves it as much as I do. There are not many things I love more than to watch my dog running with no boundaries, just happy being a dog.

Ace gives me a reason to write every day. He gives me a reason to get out of bed at 6 a.m. and to leave the house when it’s below zero. He somehow gets an introvert to talk nonstop about her dog.

I could go on and on about why I’m thankful for my dog, as I know you could with yours.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t let your dog get sick from too many handouts! A certain mutt I know already got into the garbage, and a certain orange cat decided to sample the butter.